Siege of Jadotville soldiers to receive medals of courage

The peacekeeping solders involved in the Siege of Jadotville are to be awarded medals of courage in the final act taken by Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.

Commandant Patrick Quinlan from South Kerry led the Irish ‘A’ Company, 35th Battalion in the Congo in 1961.

In 1961, the Irish army was in the Congo as part of a United Nations peace-keeping mission.

The late Commandant Patrick Quinlan’s company was attacked and besieged by a much larger force.

Despite being heavily outnumbered, no Irish troops were killed.

But when they returned to Ireland, they found themselves ostracised and treated as cowards.

74-year-old Tadhg Quinn from Abbeyfeale was among the 155 soldiers who served at Jadotville.

He’s glad they’re to be honoured by the State.

Tadhg’s thoughts are with his deceased comrades.